Costa Concordia cruise lawsuits ‘unlikely’ to stay in US

Washington Post
11, 2012 – Hundreds of the passengers from the stricken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia and up to 1,000 businesses on the island where it ran aground are pressing ahead with U.S. lawsuits against Miami-based Carnival Corp. (/Associated Press) 

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US lawsuits target Carnival in Italy cruise crash

Costa Concordia
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Despite legal obstacles that might force them to sue in Italy, hundreds of Costa Concordia passengers and up to 1,000 businesses on the island where the capsized cruise ship ran aground are pressing ahead with U.S. lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from Miami-based Carnival Corp. The lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts contend that Carnival is the corporate parent of the Costa brand, which operated the vessel, and is ultimately responsible for any safety violations, negligence or recklessness that may have led to the Jan. 13 accident that claimed 32 lives. Investigators say the ship rammed a reef while passing too close to Giglio Island, off Italy’s Tuscan coast.
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Costa Concordia: Black Box Findings Delayed Until October

Cruise Critic
Costa Concordia: Black Box Findings Delayed Until October. Tweet. (2:30 p.m. BST) — The black box recordings of the Costa Concordia will not be revealed until mid-October, an Italian judge said at a hearing today where the data was due to be made public.
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Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia Captain, Credits ‘Divine Hand’ In Accident

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, claims that “a divine hand surely touched my head,” sparing further catastrophe when his cruise ship crashed off the coast of Italy, a leaked letter to his attorney says. “If I had continued on that path the ship’s prow would have hit the rock. It would have been carnage
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Costa Concordia had faulty design, lawsuit alleges

Another lawsuit has been filed in the aftermath of the Costa Concordia tragedy, this time against Carnival Corp. & PLC, owner of the ill-fated cruise ship that capsized this year, killing 32. The latest suit alleges that design faults on the Concordia hampered its evacuation, making it slow and problematic, according to a CBS report. The suit, filed in a California court by Mississippi lawyer John Arthur Eaves, is seeking a minimum of $10 million for two unidentified plaintiffs, plus punitive damages.

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90 people still missing after boat carrying 200 capsizes off Indonesia

Washington Post 
CANBERRA, Australia — Ships and aircraft were searching Friday for scores of men missing  fishing boatcarrying about 200 suspected asylum seekers bound for Australia capsized  in heavy seas south of Indonesia.

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Costa launches new safety measures after grounding

Fox News
The measures seek to respond to many of the problems involved in the Costa Concordia disaster: The ship rammed into a reef Jan. 13 after the captain veered off course in an apparent stunt, and then capsized off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people.

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Costa Concordia captain’s blunders detailed (blog)
According to a new article in Vanity Fair, the captain of the Costa Concordia made a laundry list of blunders before the cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy. A new magazine article on the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship details a series of blunders and errors on the part of her captain that led to the deaths of at least 32 people and the largest shipwreck in maritime history.

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Costa Concordia: Cruise Ship Will Be Righted And Refloated

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The stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia is to be righted and refloated in what will be the biggest operation of its kind ever seen. Teams of engineers will work around the clock seven days a week for a year in an operation which is expected to start in May, four months after the liner struck rocks and capsized leaving 32 people dead, with two bodies still unaccounted for. The ship is currently lying at an angle of 80 degrees on rocks known as Seagull Point, where it ran aground on January 13.

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